[MUSIC] Hey hey essence.com, I'm Dana Blair and this is 7 things we're talking about. Harold Perrineau hit back at critics who say his biracial daughter should not play an African American character from the animated series on which the new film, Jem and the Holograms, one of my favorites when I was young. Is based. In a piece at The Wrap, he wrote that those opposed to 19 year old Aurora's casting have quote gone onto social media and spewed their vitriol directly at her. Some went so far as to suggest that she kill herself for taking the role. All without ever seeing her work in the role. All this anger is based solely on the color of her skin. And the pointed essay Perrineau age 52, known for his roles on Oz, Lost, and The Matrix asked readers to stop looking to Hollywood to define who we are and find ways that we can define ourselves. He hopes to inspire people pointing fingers at artists like his daughter, to use their creative energy to create characters that look, sound, and feel like yourselves. Up next, congratulations to Chris Rock, as he was announced as the host of the 2016 Oscars. This will be Rock's. Second time hosting the star-studded event. The Academy seems pretty excited to welcome him back. Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry, Academy Awards producer David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said in a statement. Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian, he's done it all. He's gonna be a phenomenal Oscar host. After a video went viral showing a South Carolina school resource officer throwing a young black girl across a classroom, the county sheriff's office has reached out to both the FBI and the Department of Justice to investigate the incident. Students at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina Uploaded videos to social media showing the school's resource officer, Ben Fields, approaching a black female student, who was reportedly told to leave the classroom for using a cell phone. The officer then grabbed the girl by her arm and neck, dragging both she and the desk before the desk flipped over. Fields then threw the unnamed student across the classroom and knelt on her back. Yes, I said that right. Knelt on her back to arrest her. Two officials say that Fields, who also doubled as a football coach, random, has been placed on an unpaid leave until the investigation is over. Just hours after the incident, Richland County Sheriff, Leon Lott said that he had called on both the state FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice, To launch investigations into the incident. We'll keep you abreast on this story essence as it develops. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are still without access to their paychecks after a glitch struck Rush Card Russell Simmons' prepaid debit card company. Account holders, many of whom are low income and lack access to other banks, found that they had lost access to their accounts nearly two weeks ago. Though the company has assured customers that they are working to fix the error, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched an investigation into the company. Simmons issued a statement saying that employees were working around the clock to solve the problem, and RushCard CEO Rick Savard blamed the glitch on transferring to a new processing system. He added that command centers have been set up to help field customer complaints. As of right now Rushcard has promised that it would waive the one dollar fee, gee thanks, that customers incur each time they use their card through February 2016 and company executives have said that users will receive additional compensation for their struggle. Alright Essence, pop your popcorn and pour your wine because Shonda Rhimes is partnering with Scandal producer Heather Mitchell to develop a sequel to William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet Based off of the 2013 novel Still Star-Crossed the series will follow the Capulet family and the Montague family following the deaths of their children mm a premier date has not yet been set. The long awaited return of Adele did not Disappoint. Releasing her first single since the James Bond theme, Skyfall, three years ago, Adele's Hello has already made history as the first music video shot using IMAX cameras. But technology isn't the only reason fans have fallen in love with the video. Directed by Xavier Dolan The video stars the wire star Tristan [UNKNOWN] as Adele's ex. Some people abroad felt like Adele discovered a new face but we've been familiar with Tristan aka mac wild as a hottie. Go to essence.com to check out our gallery the 18 times mac wild look long before the Adele video. And last but certainly not least earlier this month [UNKNOWN] Obama toured Brown university but While she was there, photos went viral of her at a party where beer pong was being played, though there is no evidence that she partook in the game. Unsurprisingly, conservative media sites had a field day with the photos, forcing Brown student paper, the Brown Daily Herald, to issue an apology to the 17 year old. Reports the Root. I quote, Malia did not choose to grow up in the White House, and it is unfair that everything she does at just 17 years old is subject to harsh scrutiny. While the chances of her selecting Brown have probably decreased since the publication of those articles, if she does ever come back to Brown, hopefully next time we'll have way more chill. All right, so what do you think Essence? Let us know do you think it's just another case of college shenanigans? Check us out on social media using the hashtag @ssmag or @essencelive. All right that's seven things we're talking about I'm Dana Blair I'll see you right here on essence.com next time. Chao.
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